National News

Child Care Crisis Pushes U.S. Mothers out of the Labor Force

NEW YORK (AP) – Research is increasingly pointing to a retreat of working mothers from the U.S. labor force, as the pandemic leaves parents with few child care options and the added burden of navigating distance learning. The trend threatens the financial stability of families in the near-term. In the long-term, the crisis could stall, if not reverse, decades of…

‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

Actor Chadwick Boseman/Source: Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by…

Hurricane Laura Comes Ashore in SW Louisiana as a Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Laura is pounding southwest Louisana and east Texas with ferocious wind and torrential rain and has unleashed a wall of seawater that could push 40 miles inland. At least one person has been killed. Laura arrived as a Category 4 storm, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. based on its wind speed of 150 mph….

Troy University to Rename Bibb Graves Hall After Late Rep. John Lewis

Bibb Graves Hall to be renamed John Robert Lewis Hall/Source: Alabama News Network The Troy University Board of Trustees announced Wednesday morning that it will rename one of its main buildings on campus. The board voted unanimously to rename Bibb Graves Hall after civil rights icon and late U.S. Representative John Lewis. The building will now be called John Robert…

President Trump Calls for Boycott of Goodyear, Claiming Company Banned Political Apparel

President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged consumers to snub Goodyear tires, claiming that the company has banned hats bearing his campaign phrase “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA. “Get better tires for far less!” Mr. Trump tweeted, saying that he was taking a page from “Radical Left Democrats.” He added, “Two can play the same game, and we have to…

Notre Dame cancels classes for 2 weeks after COVID-19 spike

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame University has canceled in-person undergraduate classes for two weeks after a spike of coronavirus cases that occurred since the semester began Aug. 10. University president the Rev. John Jenkins says he decided against sending students home after consulting with health care experts. Instead, the university is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting…

Complete Coverage of the Life of Rep. John Lewis from Alabama News Network

Alabama News Network is covering the life and work of Rep. John Lewis. He died Friday, July 17 at the age of 80. His service is being remembered across Alabama.  Here is a complete look at recent stories we have on him. We will be adding to this list in the coming days:   EVENTS: List of local events to…

Timeline: The Life of Rep. John Lewis

Born in rural Alabama during the dark days of Jim Crow segregation, Rep. John Lewis rose from poverty to become a leader of the civil rights movement and later was elected to Congress. Here is a timeline of some major events in Lewis’ life. Feb. 21, 1940: Born the son of Black sharecroppers near Troy. ___ Fall 1959: Long interested…

Details of the Life and Death of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in Selma in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died on Friday, July 17. He was 80. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”…

Democrats in Congress Want to Honor Rep. John Lewis with Action on Voting Rights

Mourning the death of civil rights hero John Lewis, Democrats in Congress are urging the Senate to take up a bill of enduring importance to Lewis throughout his life: protecting and expanding the right to vote. “No right is more precious to our citizenship than the right of all Americans to be able to vote,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, (D-Alabama),…